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9 Nepalese deported for travelling without visas

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The Department of Immigration on Monday deported nine of 11 Nepalese nationals who were arrested at a roadblock along the Harare-Beitbridge Road in June for entering the country without transit visas.

Santosh Paudel, Ustas Ale Magar, Bhojraj Devkota, Kiran Rijal, Rajendra Prasad Rijal, Bikash Bishowkarma, Buddi Prasad Sapkota, Ramu Thapa, Rebati Prasad Naharki, Radha Paudel and Sandhya Lamsal were arrested for illegally entering the country on their way to South Africa.

Santosh Paudel and Ramu Thapa are still detained awaiting deportation since their next of kin in Nepal have not yet made travel arrangements for them.

Evans Siziba, the assistant regional immigration officer, said in his affidavit filed at the High Court that the 11 Nepalese entered the country through unorthodox means.

“It baffles one’s mind why they chose to deal with an unknown person in facilitating their entry into this country than through authorised officials,” he said.

“Events after entry into this country are indicative of a well-orchestrated syndicate of human traffickers and they were therefore willing partners in this whole thing,” Siziba testified.

The Nepalese nationals had made an urgent chamber application at the High Court through their lawyer Andrew Mutsiwa, citing unlawful detention.

However, they were eventually released following a consent order which was signed by High Court judge Justice Tedious Karwi last week.

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